What’s Metro by T-mobile?

This blog post gives you detailed information about Metro by T-Mobile. It explains all the features Metro has to offer, steps to switch your device to Metro. Does it also explain, the  MetroPCS’s “Bring your Own device” service

What’s Metro by T-Mobile

MetroPCS works on the T-Mobile network and has been owned by T-Mobile since 2013 by the name Metro by T-Mobile. But still, the companies work separately and provide individual services. They do share the resources but provide the services independently to their customers.

Even the plans, customer care service, phones, promotion, and benefits remain separate for both the companies. Both the companies will send their devices separately as well.

A brief history of Metro by T-Mobile:

MetroPCS is simply known as Metro.

It is a prepaid mobile service provider. But the brand of the metro is owned by T- mobile.

 Earlier it was the 5th largest mobile network in the USA and it was using code-division multiple access (CDMA). In 2015, all customers using the MetroPCS CDMA network were migrated to their LTE network.

At that time T-Mobile had about 32 million subscribers and MetroPCS had around 9 million subscribers. In 2018, T-Mobile relaunched the new brand as Metro by T-Mobile.

When the name was changed; T- mobile subscribers had increased to 75 million and Metro’s mobile subscribers to 18 million. Nowadays Metro PCS is simply known as Metro by T-Mobile.

Metro ( formerly MetroPCS)  offers almost the same features as that of T- mobile, at lower prices. It makes use of T-Mobile’s network. It is a prepaid service provider. Subscribers can avail a range of plans to match the budgets and the specific needs.

Key features of Metro pcs

● Many plans offered by the metro PCS are cheaper than corresponding T-Mobile plans.

● Availability of a large variety of plans at affordable prices.

● Some data-saving features prevent you from overages.

● Offers a variety of budget phones.

As far as key features are concerned, if you are keen about your budget and least bothered about network congestion, then you should give priority to the Metro PCS.

Is Metro by T-Mobile GSM or CDMA?

Metro PCS is owned by T-Mobile. It makes use of T-Mobile’s network. Since T-Mobile is a

Metro is also a GSM network carrier. This is an important factor because of which one can easily use a T-mobile sim card on Metro phones.

Metro plans

 The range of prepaid plans is from $ 30 to $60.The following table shows a comparative

analysis of different prepaid plans, offered by MetroPCS.

 Plan Price Text and Talk Data Streaming Hotspot
 2GB $30 Unlimited 2GB 480p Not included
 10GB $40 Unlimited 10GB 480p Not included
 Basic Unlimited $50 Unlimited Unlimited 480p 5GB
 Better Unlimited $60 Unlimited Unlimited 480p 15GB

Extra perks for Metro by T-Mobile subscribers 

Metro offers limited perks compared to T-mobile. These parks are basically for data saving

and not for luxury.

● Data maximizer feature streams the video at lower resolution to avoid overages of


● Free music streaming is offered on some limited plans

What is the MyMetro app?

  • MyMetro is a free app for Metro by T-Mobile previously known as MetroPCS customers.
  • The app helps the user to check their balance, data usage, bill amount, and last date of payment of the bill. The app comes in very handy while paying bills and changing plans.
  • The app also lets you manage your voicemail password.

Transfer the number from other wireless carriers to Metro

To transfer the current phone number from other wireless carriers to Metro, the following prerequisites should be satisfied.

●Gather your current network account information that includes your account number, password or PIN, and Billing zip code.

● The current phone number must be active.

●If the phone number is deactivated, then it must be activated again to transfer to Metro.

●The information for port-out requests sent by Metro must match with information already stored in the system of your current network carrier.

Step to switch to Metro

● Check that your phone is unlocked and compatible with Metro.

● Select MetroPCS plan.

● Get the new SIM card and activate it.

● If you want to continue your existing phone number then inform the MetroPCS representative.

●Insert a new SIM card into your device.

Is there any initial cost to switch to Metro?

If you are switching to Metro from any other network carrier then initially you will need to pay

$10 SIM card fees. Along with this, you will have to pay for the phone plan which you have

selected for Metro.

Metro includes all taxes and fees in their monthly plan.

What is MetroPCS’s “Bring your Own device” service?

Bring your device is a straightforward service that lets the users get their device and switch to MetroPCS network service. By taking help from customer care service, you can easily switch to Metro by T-Mobile by using this service.

All the devices working on GSM technology and compatible with T-Mobile can be used on the MetroPCS network as Metro has merged with T-Mobile. CDMA phones will not work with MetroPCS.

Step1: Confirm the compatibility of your device:

When planning to switch to MetroPCS make sure your device works on GSM and Is compatible with MetroPCS, you do have a Metro compatibility checker option, which makes the job easy. You just need your IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) which is to be entered to confirm the compatibility.

Step 2: Make sure the device is unlocked:

If your device is compatible, you need to ensure it is unlocked, if not contact your previous carrier and get it unlocked which is a very simple process if you have no dues and is your device is eligible.

Step 3: Buy the MetroPCS (Metro by T-Mobile) SIM card:

Now to buy the SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) you can visit the Metro by T-Mobile (MetroPCS) store or you can get it online.

Step 4: Select a “Bring your own phone” plan

Metro offers a lot of Bring your own device plans, depending on the type of usage and type of connection you can choose a suitable and affordable plan for your device.

 Step 5: Activate your plan:

After finalizing the plan, get it activated by making the payment and switching the previous SIM with the new Metro SIM.

How to check the coverage map for Metro by T-Mobile:

  • Go to the link https://www.metrobyt-mobile.com/coverage/coverage-map on your computer or mobile phone.
  • When prompted type the area or zip code and press enter, you also have a dropdown list showing all the areas to choose from
  • You will get the map showing the coverage in different shades of purple.
  • You can move the map; you just need to tap and hold to drag.
  • To get coverage information in detail you just need to tap on the location and it gives you a pop-up.
  • To zoom in use +, to zoom out use – or just pinch  
  • If you want to see the 4G LTE coverage just switch off the 5G selection at the top.  

Below are other MetroPCS articles you may be interested in:

Is MetroPCS paying phone bills?

Can I pay the MetroPCS bill at T-Mobile?

Can I put a MetroPCS SIM card in an iPhone?


This blog explains to you how Metro is owned by T-Mobile. It gives you detailed information about plans and features Metro by T-Mobile offers. You will get ideas about how you can switch to Metro and also check the coverage of Metro by T-Mobile in your area.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs): What’s Metro by T-Mobile

Can I switch from MetroPCS to T-Mobile?

Yes, you can easily switch to T-Mobile from MetroPCS, just take the device to the T-Mobile store and apply for their service, you can also keep your old number and just chan the service.

Will T- mobile phone work on Metro PCS?

Yes, T- mobile phone works on Metro PCS but the phone should be unlocked.

Do both Metro PCS and T-mobile have the same network coverage?

Metro PCS makes use of the network of T-Mobile. Ultimately you can avail yourself of the same advantage of network coverage as that of T- mobile subscribers. But in case of network congestion, whenever there is heavy traffic, more priority is given to the T-mobile subscribers.

Can I go to T-Mobile for MetroPCS?

No, MetroPCS and T-Mobile work on the same network and share the resources to give extended coverage and facilities to their customers, but they handle their services and customers separately.

Is MetroPCS GSM or CDMA?

Metro PCS is owned by T-Mobile. It makes use of  T-mobile’s network. Since T-Mobile is a GSM network carrier, Metro is also a GSM network carrier. This is an important factor because of which one can easily use t mobile sim card on Metro phones

Are T-Mobile and metro the same?

T-Mobile and Metro are not the same. Both are owned by the same telecom industry and both use the same network. T-Mobile is a postpaid service provider and uses its towers. Metro is a prepaid mobile service provider. But the brand of the metro is owned by T- mobile and it uses T-Mobile’s towers.

Does MetroPCS own T-Mobile?

The T-Mobile and MetroPCS merger happened in 2013. MetroPCS is owned by T-Mobile and offers affordable prepaid services. Both T-Mobile and MetroPCS share the same network.

Are Metro and MetroPCS the same?

Yes, the company was known as MetroPCS but now it is known as Metro

What are the key features of Metro?

  •  Many plans offered by the metro PCS are cheaper than corresponding T-Mobile plans.
  • Availability of a large variety of plans at affordable prices.
  • Some data-saving features prevent you from overages.
  •  Offers a variety of budget phones.

How do I know if a phone is compatible with MetroPCS?

MetroPCS works on GSM technology, so if your device works on GSM, it can be used with MetroPCS.

Can I buy a phone and take it to the Metro?

Yes, you can buy a phone and take it to the Metro, you just have to make sure it works on GSM technology as Metro works on GSM and your device should be unlocked as well.


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